New Delhi, November 21: The startup registration at the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the public procurement portal, has more than doubled in the past one year, reports said. The registration of the startups have witnessed a spike and has doubled to 7,438 in just one year as they are receiving many orders from government departments and public sector units, a senior official said. The Government e-Marketplace (GeM) was launched in August 2016 for online purchase of goods and services by all the central government ministries and departments.

GeM CEO Talleen Kumar was quoted by PTI saying that providing increased market access to seller groups like startups, and MSEs has reinforced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative. "We now have 48,038 buyers, 7.42 lakh sellers with 2.42 lakh MSEs (micro and small enterprises), 7,438 startups, 10,252 product categories, and 173 service categories. One year ago, we had 40,275 buyers, 2.98 lakh sellers, 59,536 MSMEs, and 3,509 startups”.

The official further added saying that the startups have fulfilled orders worth over Rs 1,800 crore through the marketplace. He added saying that the GeM is taking a number of steps so that more and more startups, MSMEs, artisans and weavers can register their goods and services on this platform. "Presently, over 20,000 artisans and 1.2 lakh weavers have registered so far as sellers and are uploading products in their relevant categories," Kumar added.

Talking about the steps taken for startups across India, the officials said that the GeM portal started a ‘Startup Runway’ so that these entrepreneurs can showcase their innovative products and solutions, and they can also list multiple products with minimal technical specifications. The official said , he said a new and advanced version of the platform will be launched soon which will have powerful features and availability of big ticket items to attract large buyers like PSUs, Railways and Defence.